6 Secrets to Smooth Summer Skin

By  August 07, 2014

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Slather on your sunscreen. From face to feet, protecting your body from the sun to avoid burning is of utmost importance all year long but especially in the summertime. Red, peeling, spotted skin as a result of a sunburn is never a good look.

Remember that healthy hydration comes from within. Drinking the right amount of water not only keeps your insides functioning in rhythm, but it helps your skin shine as well. Dull skin means dehydrated skin—so make sure to get ample H2O.

Moisturize your skin’s outer layer too.  This means applying body cream every day, especially when you get out of the shower or partake in an activity in which you may have dehydrated your body. Look for a lotion that suits your style, but make sure you’re getting the right ingredients for hydrated skin without the heavy moisturizer feeling. For a fresh finish, rejuvenate with St. Ives® Energizing Citrus & Vitamin C Fresh Hydration Lotion. Made with grapefruit extract, vitamin C, and 100 percent natural moisturizers, this easy-to-apply lotion sprays on lightly and is quickly absorbed.

Exfoliate every day. Use either a textured sponge or a body wash with adhesive properties to remove dry, dead skin before applying lotion, shaving, waxing, or going out in the sun.

Tackle hair removal the right way. In other words, if you’re seeking smooth legs, bikini lines, and underarms this summer, don’t slack on the essentials. If you’re choosing to wax at home, patch-test the product before starting to make sure your skin doesn’t flare up as a result of an allergic reaction. After you wax, allow your skin to breathe. If you’re shaving, choose a razor that is clean and fresh for every use to avoid bumps and burns. Don’t shave without soap or shaving cream and water, soaking skin with warm water first to prepare the area. Lastly, always treat ingrowns and nicks with proper care. Picking and probing invariably makes things worse.

Eat well, sleep well, and live well. Studies show that a healthy diet, the right amount of sleep, and a manageable stress level all help make for clear skin. When you’re not taking care of your body on the inside, it’s likely to show on the outside as well. Breakouts, dull coloring, and dryness are all signs you may need to revamp your routine.